Libya hands over intelligence on al-Qaeda militants

Libya provided intelligence on hundreds of al-Qaeda and other Islamic militants, as well as renouncing attempts to develop weapons of mass destruction, in a bid to end its pariah nation status.

Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s moves came as part of a deal to have crippling United States sanctions against his country lifted, the Observer newspaper revealed Sunday. The Observer reported that Libya’s vow to give up efforts to develop nuclear, chemical and biological arms came after two years of talks centred on London in the aftermath of the al-Qaeda network’s September 11, 2001, attacks on the US. The Sunday Telegraph meanwhile reported that Libya’s promise to surrender its weapons of mass destruction, announced late Friday by Britain and the US, was forced by the seizure of physical evidence of Kadhafi’s weapons programme. Full Story

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